2021 Sustainable Design Challenge
Discover the field of sustainable design while imagining the future of the built world! High school students work in teams to design and construct a sustainable building model in competition for cash prizes of up to $500. Students collaborate remotely to research, design, and present their model for a panel of professionals from design fields including architecture and engineering. The 15th annual Sustainable Design Challenge brought to you by SCARCE and DuPage County Stormwater Management.
The 2021 challenge will be conducted remotely. For full details, download the info packet below.
Who: Up to 10 teams of students from each high school in DuPage County
Goal: Design and construct a model of a sustainable building in a bid for cash prizes.
Cost: Participation is free.
- February 1st – Team registration opens
- March 9th – Sustainability in Action Virtual Meet-up
- April 16th – Team Registration deadline
- April 23rd – Project submissions due (link provided after registration)
- Week of May 17th – Winners notified
- June 1st – Winners announced during the DuPage County Stormwater Committee meeting. Join here.
Online Project Submission
Student projects will be submitted online and must include a recorded video presentation highlighting their building’s features along with photos of the model, a visual aid, and a project write-up.
Teams are advised to collaborate remotely to comply with public health advice. Utilize tools such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, Google Docs, Dropbox etc. Divide and conquer! The project has many aspects that can be divided up, such as research, the construction of the physical model, the write-up, editing, and so forth.
A live virtual meet-up and supplemental video content will be provided by SCARCE in collaboration with DuPage County and our business sponsors. These videos will offer information on sustainable buildings and infrastructure in DuPage County as well as information on careers in sustainable design fields such as architecture and engineering.
Sustainability in Action Virtual Meet-Up – March 9th 3:30-4:30pm (Registration Required)
The live meet-up offers participants the opportunity to tour a recently completed local green facility led by the architects that created the design. Following the tour, we’ll learn about careers in sustainable design straight from local professionals in the fields of architecture, design and engineering. This is a great opportunity to gain insight and inspiration for Sustainable Design Challenge projects as well as future internship and career opportunities.
Open to DuPage County high school students, teachers, and school administrators. All students participating in the Sustainable Design Challenge are strongly encouraged to participate. Register for the Virtual Meet-up here.
Projects will be available for viewing by the general public on scarce.org.
Sponsorship opportunities available – learn more.
The Sustainable Design Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to inspire and engage the next generation of design professionals while promoting environmental awareness and education. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you to our 2021 business sponsors!
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